Ellen R. Palmer Benafield
Date of Birth:  June 16, 1922
Date of Death:  July 5, 2009

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  • Magothy United Methodist Church  
  • 3703 Mountain Road, Pasadena, MD 21122     View Map
  • Saturday, Septmeber 19, 2009   1:00 PM
  • Private  
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  • Ellen R. Palmer Benafield a.k.a The Independent Lady was born on June 16, 1922 in Tazwell, Va. to David G. and Ellen I. Harman and died peacefully at her daughters residence in Preston, Md.

    Mrs. Benafield was a long time resident of Pasadena, Md. and  member of the Magothy United Methodist Church.

    She married Gordon Palmer in 1949 whom preceded her in death in 1972.  Then married James Benafield, he loved her dearly and preceded her in death in 1981.

    Mrs. Benafield had worked taking care of children in her home and others for many years. Quote "Little children make the world go around".  She was Mom Mom and Ma Ma Ellen to many.  She dearly loved them and will be missed by all.  She worked for the Landsdowne Senior High School and eventually retired from South Baltimore General Hospital.  Upon retiring she started taking care of Crystal, Mandy and Heather Barr and her granddaughter Alex .
    She is survived by her son Walter Palmer of Arnold , daughter and spouse Anna and George Klapka of Preston, four grandchildren Max and Alex Palmer, William and Jeff Burkman, two great grandchildren and many, many loving friends.  There will be never be an end to the love she provided us. We feel fortunate to have had a wonderful mother and we will always miss her presence. 


    Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Septmeber 19, 2009 at 1:00 PM at Magothy United Methodist Church Chapel in the Woods.  She always wanted it to be known that "She went down fighting" then graciously  home to be with her Master.

    Please send memorial donations to Magothy United Methodist Church 3703 Mountain Rd., Pasadena, MD 21122 or to Caroline Hospice Foundation, Inc.
    & Caroline Home For Hospice
    P. O. Box 362 Denton, Maryland 21629. 
    Their help and care for mother was exceptional.